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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 5, 2008 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: jack straw

Every once in a while the "best Jack straw" question gets posted in the forum. The last go around many folks selected the carrier dome from 1984. An amazing version to say the least. I caught the 10-9-84 gig on sirius this week and sandwiched between a help>slip>frank and he's gone in the second set is a monster version of JS. Weird placement and high energy make it worth the listen. Sirius played the audience master and it was sweet

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Oct 5, 2008 4:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jack straw

I don't know why really, but I always liked the show opening JS from 1-13-80...it's all messed-up, has a drop-out ("cuz we GLITCH shared all of mine...") and some feedback...but Phil's bombs are of the highest caliber.

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Oct 5, 2008 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jack straw

It is indeed difficult to find a better rendition than the Carried Dome Straw. But I have heard some being critical of this show as being overly aggressive with negative vibes abound. The band seemed pissed off at the crowd up front, the rumor was that this show really was a hairline away from being shut down by the firemarshall.

I was a senior in high school and somehow we arranged for a grey-hound type bus and a driver to drive about 40 of us down from Toronto to Syracuse for the day. The band just played at Kingswood outside of Toronto that summer and our numbers increased significantly, still I remember putting up posters around the city advertising room on the bus trip. Prior to 1984 there were very few heads up here as the band had not played in town between Seneca College '77 and 1984.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Oct 5, 2008 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jack straw

I haven't heard too many latter-day Straws so my perspective is a bit limited... but my favorite has always been 12/29/77, Dick's Picks 10. It is very effective as a show opener IMO.